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4 bedroom deluxe pool villa in Seminyak, Bali
Beautiful Villa Joss typifies all the comforts and glamour of modern tropical living while preserving an exotic atmosphere and a distinctive Balinese charm. Designed by one of Bali’s premier architects – whose famed works include the popular Ku De Ta – this stunning four-bedroom villa makes embraces ‘eco green’ luxury living combining the simplicity and beauty of natural materials such as leather, stone and recycled teakwood and all the modern comforts of five-star luxury.
Idyllically situated just 100m from beautiful Batubelig beach in Seminyak, this contemporary villa boasts a stylish and expansive living and dining room area, a four bedroom pavilion, entertainment room and business centre, and an open air ‘bale’ set amongst tropical spacious gardens with a 16-metre swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. The walled garden and graceful interiors offer an abundance of space, natural light and guests are spoilt for choice when it comes to areas to relax and entertain.
Named after the owner’s daughter, Villa Joss is a child-friendly villa offering plenty of outdoor space for kids to run around and play or be entertained with a BOSE surround sound home theatre system featuring 48″ flat screen TV in the entertainment pavilion. Adults are catered for with a separate media and lounge area to surf the internet or watch sports on the 45″ flat screen TV in the garden ‘bale’ or relax on the pool deck which is vibrantly punctuated with big pots of flowering lotus. Colour features throughout Villa Joss with lovingly furnished interiors, accented with striking hues and a delightful attention to detail.
With a full-time team of staff available around the clock, guests can expect not only luxurious surrounds at Villa Joss but also the comforts of five-star service to allow for an easy, relaxing and stress-free Bali holiday.
Completed in August 2010, the contemporary Balinese architecture of Villa Joss features a living room and dining room pavilion, a four bedroom pavilion, an entertainment room and business centre, and an open air ‘bale’ lounge pavilion in the spacious gardens with a 16-metre swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi. The architect’s other work can be seen in some of Seminyak’s finest venues including Ku De Ta. Villa Joss is named after the owner’s daughter.
The fine art traditions of Bali have been highlighted with care in Villa Joss. Upon entering the main gate, guests are greeted by a stone relief carving of Balinese Gamelan musicians which dates back to the Majapahit Kingdom’s retreat from Java to Bali in the 1500’s.
The original carving is found in one of Bali’s oldest temples, Pura Dalem in Desa Singepadu Tengah, and was reproduced at Villa Joss by a family of artisans from Batu Bulan, the most famous stone-carving village in Bali. The gorgeous entrance to Villa Joss involves a covered walkway bordered by lotus ponds with Koi fish; all draped in a hanging garden of green vines leading up to a serene seated stone Buddha set against a cascading waterfall. The bedrooms and living spaces of the 4 bedroom Villa Joss showcase beautiful fine art paintings and limited-edition litho prints by some of Indonesia’s best-known artists. Each bathroom features a stone relief carving detailing different aspects of the main temple carving inside the main gate.
The walled garden and graceful interiors offer an abundance of space, natural light and separate places to relax. Children can enjoy a BOSE surround sound movie on the 48″ flat screen TV in the entertainment pavilion while one group of adults enjoy some reading in the living room, and another group of adults lounge, surf the internet or watch sports on the 45″ flat screen TV in the garden ‘bale’. The pool deck is punctuated with big pots of flowering lotus. The interiors of the villa have been lovingly furnished, accented with colour and completed with delightful attention to detail.
The owners have made every effort to employ ‘Green Friendly’ technologies in the construction of Villa Joss including low energy lighting and a combination of solar and low energy convection water heating systems. Similarly, with the exception of certain high end imported fittings and equipment that were not available in Indonesia, every effort was made to use local materials and craftsmen. All furniture was locally made in Bali and Java.
Villa Joss is nestled in the heart of the Batubelig area in greater Seminyak, on Bali’s south-western coast just 100 metres from the beach, 30 minutes from the international airport (depending on traffic) and 10 minutes’ drive from the trendy Seminyak area, with its glamorous lifestyle. It is only 10 minutes from the west end of the Sunset Road, a speedy bypass route from the airport.
Since Villa Joss opened in 2010, the Batu Belig area has undergone some major development in the way of new small boutique hotels and private villas. As a result, Batu Belig has flourished as an independant shopping and dining haven, with an abundance of small fashion boutiques, homeware stores, money changers and jewelry shops dotted along the road from the beach all the way to Petitenget. An ATM is conveniently located within 2 minutes walk, as is a 24hr convenience store. There are plenty of simple warungs (eateries) within easy walking distance of Villa Joss and it is just down the street from the famous Métis fine dining restaurant, as well as newcomers Pavilion Bar and Grill and Slippery Stone Bar and Restaurant. The equally famous but more casual Naughty Nuri’s, Seminyak barbeque rib house is also close by. The newly opened and ultra-trendy Mozaic Beach Club is a mere 5 minute walk along the beach from Villa Joss.
There are four bedroom suites with polished teak floors and cabinetry in the two-storey sleeping pavilion. Three are furnished with king size beds and one with twin beds (which can be put together with a specially designed top mattress). Each has an ensuite bathroom, as well as a spacious dressing area with plenty of hanging space. Each bedroom is equipped with a 42” satellite-channel flat screen TV plus a DVD player (upon request), air-conditioning, ceiling fan, safe deposit box and WiFi internet connection. The bedroom walls are adorned with beautiful original paintings by famous Indonesian artists as detailed under the heading “The Art & Artists”.
There are two fully equipped kitchens at Villa Joss, one is the service kitchen and domain of the chef and assistant cook, hidden out of sight at the back, and the other is an open plan ‘show’ kitchen incorporated within the living and dining pavilion. Fashioned in polished black granite with splashes of iridescent blue, gold-&-silver-streaked slate and teak cabinetry, this feature kitchen is equipped with a large two-door fridge, gas hob, cooker extractor hood, espresso machine and other imported appliances. It features a wide island bar, which is lit by green glass and cast aluminium pendant lamps, clad in teak and furnished with three unique handcrafted high stools.
The air-conditioned multipurpose room features a high open ceiling with beautiful exposed beams and natural woodwork, a BOSE surround sound home theatre, play area for children and business centre. It is finished with a polished teak wood floor, a trio of blue hand-blown glass lanterns, and folding wood framed glass doors. One half of the room is fitted with an L-shaped built-in recycled teak wood desk that runs along two walls, equipped with plenty of electricity sockets so that guests can plug in their laptop computers and make use of the WiFi internet connection. The other side of this spacious room is furnished with a large comfortable L-shaped sofa and a long floor to ceiling shelf unit full of magazines, books and local artefacts. The multipurpose room is equipped with a 48” satellite-channel flat screen TV, DVD player and BOSE digital sound system.
Rates Include: Exclusive use of the whole villa and listed services and facilities, 12 staff including a full-time manager, chef, butlers and housekeeping, gardeners and security, BBQ, swimming pool and unlimited WIFI.
|Period||US$ / night||US$ / 10 nights or more||Min nights|
|05 Feb to 31 Mar||580.00++||493.00++||2|
|01 Apr to 12 Apr||680.00++||578.00++||2|
|13 Apr to 17 Apr||780.00++||702.00++||5|
|18 Apr to 27 Apr||580.00++||493.00++||2|
|28 Apr to 01 May||780.00++||702.00++||5|
|02 May to 15 Jun||580.00++||493.00++||2|
|16 Jun to 23 Jun||680.00++||578.00++||2|
|24 Jun to 20 Aug||780.00++||702.00++||5|
|21 Aug to 31 Aug||680.00++||578.00++||2|
|01 Sep to 14 Dec||580.00++||493.00++||2|
|15 Dec to 25 Dec||780.00++||702.00++||5|
|26 Dec to 02 Jan 2018||970.00++||922.00++||7|
|++Villa rates are subject to 15.5% service charge, taxes, etc|
Last minute bookings checking in within the next 10 days enjoy a 10% discount.
Bali, the famed “Island of the Gods”, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world’s most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
Travel & Leisure Magazine has awarded Bali the World’s Best Island in 2009, while the Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel 2010 ranked Bali second place among the world’s Top Regions.
The rapid growth of development in tourism has had a big impact and influences to Bali tradition and lifestyle. Interestingly, Balinese culture is still as what it was, growing along with the of globalization. It is the Balinese civilization what makes the island different from other destination.
The tourism industry is primarily focused in the south, while significant in the other parts of the island as well. The main tourist locations are the town of Kuta (with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak (which were once independent townships), the east coast town of Sanur (once the only tourist hub), in the center of the island Ubud, to the south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimbaran, and the newer development of Nusa Dua and Pecatu.
The island of Bali lies 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali and Java are separated by the Bali Strait. East to west, the island is approximately 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans approximately 112 km (69 mi) north to south; administratively it covers 5,780 km2, or 5,577 km2 without Nusa Penida District, its population density is roughly 750 people/km2.
Bali’s central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 metres in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 m), known as the “mother mountain” which is an active volcano. Mountains range from centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Bali’s volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali’s large rice crop is grown. The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables and cattle. The longest river, Ayung River, flows approximately 75 km.
Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate year round. With sunshine shining throughout the year, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius or 68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season starts from October to March, when the West monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity. June to September is considered the driest season, with low humidity and it can be fairly cold in the evenings, the best time for any outdoor activities.
Unlike most of Muslim-majority Indonesia, about 83.5% of Bali’s population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, formed as a combination of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia. Minority religions include Islam (13.3%), Christianity (1.7%), and Buddhism (0.5%). These figures do not include immigrants from other parts of Indonesia.
Balinese Hinduism is an amalgam in which gods and demigods are worshipped together with Buddhist heroes, the spirits of ancestors, indigenous agricultural deities and sacred places. Religion as it is practised in Bali is a composite belief system that embraces not only theology, philosophy, and mythology, but ancestor worship, animism and magic. It pervades nearly every aspect of traditional life. Caste is observed, though less strictly than in India. With an estimated 20,000 puras (temples) and shrines, Bali is known as the “Island of a Thousand Puras”, or “Island of the Gods”. This is refer to Mahabarata story that behind Bali became island of god or “pulau dewata” in Indonesian language.
Life in Bali is very communal under the organization of villages. Temple ceremonies, marriage, cremation, farming and even the creative art festivals are decided by the local community institution called “Banjar”. The responsibilities in the day-to-day life are normally administered by both the Banjar and the government. The local government mostly responsible for schools, health clinics, hospitals and roads, and Banjar is responsible for all other aspects of life. There is another association exists in the banjar named “Subak” that concerns to the production of rice and organizes the complex irrigation system. Every family who owns a rice field must be a member of their local Subak, which then ensures that every member gets his fair distribution of water. A banjar consists of an average of 50 to 150 family members, owning a meeting venue called the Bale Banjar, which is used for regular gatherings and a center for local gamelan orchestras and drama groups.
Bali is renowned for its diverse and sophisticated art forms, such as painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts, and performing arts. Balinese cuisine is also distinctive. Balinese percussion orchestra music, known as gamelan, is highly developed and varied. Balinese performing arts often portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana but with heavy Balinese influence. Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong, gong keybar, and kecak (the monkey dance). Bali boasts one of the most diverse and innovative performing arts cultures in the world, with paid performances at thousands of temple festivals, private ceremonies, or public shows.
The Hindu New Year, Nyepi, is celebrated in the spring by a day of silence. On this day everyone stays at home and tourists are encouraged to remain in their hotels. On the day before New Year, large and colourful sculptures of ogoh-ogoh monsters are paraded and finally burned in the evening to drive away evil spirits. Other festivals throughout the year are specified by the Balinese pawukon calendrical system.
Bali is known as an island of thousands temples. In every village in Bali, there are several temples and at least one small temple in each home of Balinese which reach to a total of 10.000.
Balinese word for temple is ‘pura’ which means ‘space surrounded by a wall‘. Although many temples are quiet and uninhabited, they are transformed into colorful, active and decorated places of worship when there is a festival. While offerings are made, performances of traditional dances and gamelan, cockfighting and gambling enliven the atmosphere.
All temples derive their direction from the mountains and the sea. The direction toward the mountains, Kaja, is the most significant direction. The direction toward the sea is Kelod. The direction toward the sunrise, Kangin, is found in most secondary shrines.
The first Hindus arrived in Bali as early as 100 BC, but the unique culture which is so apparent to any current day visitor to Bali hails largely from neighbouring Java, with some influence from Bali’s distant animist past. The Javanese Majapahit Empire’s rule over Bali became complete in the 14th century when Gajah Mada, Prime Minister of the Javanese king, defeated the Balinese king at Bedulu.
The rule of the Majapahit Empire resulted in the initial influx of Javanese culture, most of all in architecture, dance, painting, sculpture and the wayang puppet theatre. All of this is still very apparent today. The very few Balinese who did not adopt this Javanese Hindu culture are known today as the Bali Aga (“original Balinese”) and still live in the isolated villages of Tenganan near Candidasa and Trunyan on the remote eastern shore of Lake Batur at Kintamani.
With the rise of Islam in the Indonesian archipelago, the Majapahit Empire in Java fell and Bali became independent near the turn of the 16th century. The Javanese aristocracy found refuge in Bali, bringing an even stronger influx of Hindu arts, literature and religion.
Divided among a number of ruling rajas, occasionally battling off invaders from now Islamic Java to the west and making forays to conquer Lombok to the east, the north of the island was finally captured by the Dutch colonialists in a series of brutal wars from 1846 to 1849. Southern Bali was not conquered until 1906, and eastern Bali did not surrender until 1908. In both 1906 and 1908, many Balinese chose death over disgrace and fought en-masse until the bitter end, often walking straight into Dutch cannons and gunfire. This manner of suicidal fighting to the death is known as puputan. Victory was bittersweet, as the images of the puputan highly tarnished the Dutch in the international community. Perhaps to make up for this, the Dutch did not make the Balinese enter into a forced cultivation system, as had happened in Java, and instead tried to promote Balinese culture through their policy of Baliseering or the “Balinisation of Bali”.
Bali became part of the newly independent Republic of Indonesia in 1945. In 1965, after the failed coup d’etat which was allegedly backed by the Communist Party (PKI), state-instigated, anti-communist violence spread across Indonesia. In Bali, it has been said that the rivers ran red with the reprisal killings of suspected communists—most estimates of the death toll say 80,000, or about five percent of the population of Bali at the time.
The current chapter in Bali’s history began in the seventies when intrepid hippies and surfers discovered Bali’s beaches and waves, and tourism soon became the biggest income earner. Despite the shocks of the terrorist attacks in 2002 and 2005, the magical island continues to draw crowds, and Bali’s culture remains as spectacular as ever.
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Exclusive use of the whole villa and listed services and facilities, 12 staff including a full-time manager, chef, butlers and housekeeping, gardeners and security, BBQ, swimming pool and unlimited WIFI.
For maximal 8 persons in the villa
|Low Season||09 Jan 2016 to 05 Feb 2016||US$ 790 ++||US$ 672 ++||min.2 nights|
|12 Feb 2016 to 24 Mar 2016|
|02 Apr 2016 to 15 Jun 2016|
|01 Sep 2016 to 20 Dec 2016|
|High Season||06 Feb 2016 to 11 Feb 2016||US$ 1065 ++||US$ 959 ++||min. 5 nights|
|25 Mar 2016 to 01 Apr 2016|
|16 Jun 2016 to 31 Aug 2016|
|Peak Season||21 Dec 2016 to 08 Jan 2017||US$ 1265 ++||US$ 1202 ++||min. 7 nights|
All villa rates are subject to a 5% service charge and thereafter a 10% government tax